by Editor Yvette Depaepe
Armistice Day (sometimes known informally as 'Poppy Day' owing to the tradition of the 'remembrance poppy) is commemorated every year on the 11th of November.
It is observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
In no man's land, the guns fell still
101 years ago,
The war to end all wars, they said,
How little did they know.
Yet only 20 years had passed,
When the world returned to was.
And countless more lives sacrificed,
Before Hitler said no more.
In Flanders fields, the poppies bloom,
Creating a sea of red.
Symbolic of the blood stained land,
A tribute to the dead.
The main theatre of war during World War I between the Allies and Germany was the Western Front of 750 km along the North of France and Belgium.
Marking the cessation of hostilities, the Armistice was signed the 11th of November at 11am between the Allies and Germany in a train wagon at Compiègne (France).
This wagon still can be visited as war monument.
After the end of World War II, many member states of the Commonwealth of Nations changed to name of the holiday and adopted the name Remembrance Day or Veterans Day to honour veterans of that and subsequent conflicts.
For those who leave never to return.
For those who return but are never the same